Author Topic: What's she like? (QM2)  (Read 41134 times)

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Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #80 on: Jan 10, 2012, 05:08 PM »
Queen Mary 2 in Rough Seas November 2009
Thanks to 'ColemanHeald'

Tonight QM2 leaves Southampton for her World Cruise 2012.
She'll be sailing to Japan and back, via S Africa, Australasia,
and the Middle East, (Dubai 11/12/4.2012)
returning to Southampton on 27th April.
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #81 on: Jan 10, 2012, 10:44 PM »
Good video; nice to see the washing machine effect again. :)  ( How high above the waterline is Deck 8? )
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Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #82 on: Jan 10, 2012, 11:13 PM »
Not sure about  the exact height of Deck 8 above the waterline, Peter
(Won't it vary, depending on the swell!)
If you look at her profile  - Deck 7 is the promenade deck that is partially covered by the keels of the tenders.
Deck 8 above - and the middle of the tenders are the obstructions to the views from Cabins inside (Deck 8)
You can see a bit of the lovely copied walnut wood surrounding oblong windows above the foredeck in the video - these are the forward windows of the Library,  - with the Commodore Club immediately above on 9.
Her wheelhouse is on Deck 12 - all 'this' is 'if I remember rightly'!

http://www.cunard.co.uk/Ships/Queen-Mary-2/Deck-Plans/
« Last Edit: Jan 11, 2012, 09:19 AM by Twynkle »
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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #83 on: Jan 10, 2012, 11:20 PM »
So quite a way up then... that must have been quite some sea that day.
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Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #84 on: Jan 10, 2012, 11:52 PM »
Guess it was! And by the looks of it, bigger than the one a couple of weeks ago - water well over the foredeck then too!
Isn't it great to see the external elevator being used to it's best advantage?
The very best kept secret, when the decks were closed - this was the place to be!!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #85 on: Feb 18, 2012, 11:33 AM »
I had an experience on QM2 in a rough sea where the tenders were riding up and down a total of 5' above and 5' below the ship's stage.  The boat crews had to take pax one by one, hold them by each arm, let the tender go through several up and down cycles, and then at the proper moment literally throw them onto the ship, with their belongings to follow later.  Some of the elderly people had quite a fright.  That night we were nearly an hour leaving the anchorage as they couldn't hook onto the last tender and ultimately had to swing the ship around to create a lee so they could hook her up and winch her aboard.  Those Filippino deck hands earned their night's rest that day.

On her world cruise last year, there were similar circumstances on several occasions.
'Hooking up' the 'ferry as tender' in Hong Kong was 'interesting'!

For all anchor ports, there were notices specially for people who used wheelchairs - they were only allowed/ supposed to go by tender as long as they could walk independently across the shell door / landing stage.
This was often challenging for several passengers, not only stepping on and off the tender - more so, when already having used the lifts down to Deck 1 level, and easily embarking the tenders, then it was surprising for them on their return to the ship - they were required to climb a stairway to embark QM2....

On one occasion, the ship had needed to set sail from her anchorage before the last tender (with passengers) had emptied - that was 'interesting'...

(On Queen Elizabeth, round Britain in September, off St Peter's port, (Guernsey) there was quite a stiff breeze - I was allowed to spend the entire visit sailing in a tender!  It was only ever half full; on several occasions there were just the three of us - 2 crew members and myself enjoying ourselves - about 5 hours of heaven! :)  )
  
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Andy F

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #86 on: Feb 21, 2012, 12:58 PM »
(On Queen Elizabeth, round Britain in September, off St Peter's port, (Guernsey) there was quite a stiff breeze - I was allowed to spend the entire visit sailing in a tender!  It was only ever half full; on several occasions there were just the three of us - 2 crew members and myself enjoying ourselves - about 5 hours of heaven! :)  )
Hmm, whatever floats your boat I suppose Rosie lol
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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #87 on: Mar 30, 2012, 07:06 PM »
A good account relating to her stern design etc by Stephen Payne here:
http://oceanliners.piczo.com/queenmary2?cr=7&linkvar=000044
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #88 on: Jul 28, 2012, 09:08 PM »
QM2 in Hamburg - 25.7.2012
Thanks to Malte Classens
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1609798
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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #89 on: Jul 29, 2012, 11:41 AM »
... and still with that missing lifeboat!  :o

Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #90 on: Aug 10, 2012, 09:54 PM »
... and still with that missing lifeboat!  :o

According to the 'rumour-mill' - the lifeboat has now been restored to its rightful position

Here's an account written by Ciaran Ward, Former Chief Electrical Engineer, Queen Mary 2
http://wearecunard.com/2012/06/former-chief-electrical-engineer-sails-on-board-queen-mary-2/
Maybe he worked on QE2 as well?
If so - do you think he might do a Q and A topic for us?
« Last Edit: Aug 10, 2012, 09:57 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #91 on: Oct 21, 2012, 06:16 PM »
Richard Wagner's website Beyond Ships has two interviews with Captain Kevin Oprey,
he is QM2's most recent captain.
There is a link from the first interview to page containing the second
http://www.beyondships2.com/queen-mary-2-captain-oprey-interview.html
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Rod

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #92 on: Oct 21, 2012, 06:29 PM »
According to the 'rumour-mill' - the lifeboat has now been restored to its rightful position

Here's an account written by Ciaran Ward, Former Chief Electrical Engineer, Queen Mary 2
http://wearecunard.com/2012/06/former-chief-electrical-engineer-sails-on-board-queen-mary-2/
Maybe he worked on QE2 as well?
If so - do you think he might do a Q and A topic for us?

Yes he did. Very nice friendly man as I recall came from Princess/Countess I believe.
Former Radio Officer, he had a nasty time when he was on the beach I believe in Puerto Rico with another Radio Officer, Declan O'Reilly when a guy came up and shot Declan!

Offline Andy F

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #93 on: Oct 24, 2012, 02:14 AM »
Agreed, a great guy indeed
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #94 on: Nov 05, 2012, 11:50 PM »
A superb blog - Thank you, Aaron Saunders for taking so much trouble in both the writing as well as the photography!
 http://avidcruiser.com/ftdc/
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #95 on: Mar 17, 2013, 12:16 AM »
A friend is currently onboard QM2 for the full World Cruise.  This is the second time she has done a full world cruise on QM2 within the past few years. 

The main reason she has chosen QM2 over other ships is because of the  size of the ship and because QM2 is a liner that was designed to sail the oceans of the world.  Prior to sailing on the QM2 the only ship my friend would sail on was the QE2.   :)
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Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #96 on: Aug 03, 2013, 06:20 PM »
ANY drinking with the crew should come with a warning, and on the hosted tables on one such trip the banter was great so much so we never noticed the glasses being topped up quite so often, or frequently.
But as always fun ! ;)

Interesting that you should say this about Table-Life on board QE2, Myles.
'These days' it's common for some senior officers to refrain from drinking in 'public'.
At the table where a very senior officer was our host, the reason we were told was because anyone with a mobile phone or camera handy might be tempted to record the scene - resulting in the possible publication of headlines such as, 'Captain of ....ship' seen drinking on duty...
On the other hand, there are other senior officers who felt less concerned, they just 'went for it'!
Rosie
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline riskygizmo

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #97 on: Aug 03, 2013, 06:27 PM »
After four hours "down below" playing Stare out with the boilers or sniffing the bearings, they needed a pint or two. ;)
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Offline Twynkle

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #98 on: Sep 26, 2013, 05:05 PM »
Mighty Mary to the rescue...5* hotel style!
Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 lent a helping hand to a Canadian solo woman rower, Mylène Paquette, in the mid Atlantic today. Queen Mary 2, which left New York on Sunday for Southampton, received a request to assist yesterday and prepared a package of items to help.

Mylène Paquette, is aiming to become the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic, a total of 2,700 nautical miles. We are very proud to have been able to help her. She had been been hit by the remnants of Atlantic Storm Humberto and had lost her anchor and a satellite phone among other items. In response, Queen Mary 2 has donated a new satellite phone and two drogue anchors which the ship's crew prepared on board overnight - these are sea anchors which hold the boat's position when it is not being rowed. In addition, the ship supplied fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, muesli, crackers, chocolate, plus bottled water and coffee, English tea, mint tea and hot chocolate sachets, a scraper to remove the barnacles underneath the boat, duct tape, soap, shampoo and body lotion. Plus postcards of Queen Mary 2!
Curtesy of Cunard's entry on facebook!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline tdickson

Re: Whats she like?
« Reply #99 on: Sep 27, 2013, 04:47 AM »
Well done too Queen Mary 2 and all her company, it is nice to read something positive about the cruise industry for a change especially ships associated with Carnival, whom appear only to receive bad publicity at the moment.

 

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